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The Blind Assassin : Winner of the 2000 Man Booker Prize - Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin

Winner of the 2000 Man Booker Prize


Published: October 2009
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Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following.

Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe.

By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.



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      This book came highly recommended but failed to live up to expectations. At 600+ pages it was overly long and it took at least 200 pages to get into it - would not have persevered if it hadn't been for book club. The narrative, change of time periods and the science fiction 'story within the story' all made for a confusing read. Atwood has an interesting - rather cynical - descriptive style which was at first quite novel but combined with the abundance of unusual similes, it became tedious. The book became rather repetitive and the language overworked. The basic story is quite interesting - an historical perspective on the role, trearment and lives of two young women but Atwood made it unnecessarily complex and challenging to read.

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      Atwood has never written with more flair and versatility than in this multidimensional novel. Adding sardonic wit and characterisation that takes you into the ambivalent intricacies of a personality, this is a novel of extraordinary variety and reach. A brilliant accomplishment - Peter Kemp, SUNDAY TIMES

      The fertility of Atwood's imagination is something extraordinary...The only thing familiar about The Blind Assassin is its technical accomplishment and exhilarating emotional power. Everything else is sparkling new. This is Margaret Atwood at her remarkabl - Kathryn Hughes, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

      Margaret Atwood is one of the most brilliant and unpredictable novelists alive. - Kate Kellaway, LITERARY REVIEW

      With every year and every novel, Atwood's subjects get bigger...her new novel is so rich thematically and so convincing psychologically... THE BLIND ASSASSIN may indeed prove to be that most elusive of literary unicorns: the woman's novel. - Elaine Showalter, NEW STATESMAN

      Margaret Atwood

      Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

      Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth ­ in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.

      Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

      Associations: Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers' Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N., Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Ms. Atwood is also a current Vice-President of PEN International.

      Visit Margaret Atwood's Booktopia Author Page

      ISBN: 9781860498800
      ISBN-10: 1860498809
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 656
      Published: October 2009
      Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 4.2
      Weight (kg): 0.52
      Edition Number: 1